Saturday 18 April
- The Elvetham
I met Rosie at the Bride Ascot wedding
show last year and even then I could tell how excited she
was about her wedding to Dan. They chose to get married at
The Elvetham Hotel and with exclusive use, were able to make
the most of each of the rooms for different elements of the
The girls were all in the bridal preparation
room which is large enough that each of the five bridesmaids
had their own makeup station. With everything happening in
the one venue I could just flit (and occasionally run) between
rooms making sure the details were captured.
As the groom and bestman are both called
Dan I did end up resorting to numbering them to make sure
I got the right one's attention. Also ... note to groom's...
if you say hello to female guests by giving them a hug you
end up with more of their makeup on your suit jacket than
you would like. Baby wipes were called in to try and clean
the worst of it off!
Back upstairs in the bridal changing
room, final preparations were taking place. Maid of honour
Laura did a great job in lacing up (makes a change from me
having to do it) so everyone was ready well ahead of schedule
allowing for some photos before the ceremony.
Their ceremony was held in the Oak Room,
in front of the impressive fireplace. Rather than having the
chairs straight, they were angled so that guests could get
a good view. I loved that the registrar gave me free reign
to move around and even warned the guests that they were expected
to be happy and smiley at all times.
With such a gorgeous blue sky day, all
the guests headed straight outside to throw confetti and partipate
in the big group photo. Drinks and canapes were also served
on the lawns and with 35 acres of grounds there's no shortage
of places to photograph. However, apparently in winter the
venue can arrange for guaranteed snow to fall outside - now
that I'd love to see!
I could have spent ages trapsing the
bride and groom around for photos but I like to try and keep
it to short bursts so that it's not such an intense experience.
Most guests don't realised you've gone for some time alone
if it's only 15 minutes but I've heard of some photographers
taking the couple off for over an hour.
The wedding breakfast was held in the
Library where the tables had a mix of high and low flower
centrepieces. Each guest had a bag of homemade fudge with
a wooden tag - aparently it was a family production line that
ensured they were all finished on time. Whilst the bestman
claimed to be really nervous about his speech - it was fantastic.
Mind you he had plenty of funny photos of the groom that made
for highly entertaining viewing!
The conservatory became the evening party
area, complete with live band, LED dancefloor, sweet table
and vintage style photobooth, plenty to keep everyone entertained
until the early hours!